Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > New Zealand
Reload this Page >

Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

Old May 7th 2019, 1:42 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 11
ThePineMarten is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

Hi,I am trying to import our VW camper into NZ. (ie a modified/converted vehicle} does anyone have any experience of this ? (not gereral cars, etc. , but modified/camper conversions, thanks} I keep going round in circles. VTNZ want certs that only exist in NZ and dont except standards that are fine for strict vehicle standard countries such as Germany and the EU.
Our shipper obviously knew nothing/very little, of what was required and only passed on individual details from VTNZ without understanding , eg we spent 2 weeks trying to work out what an EU plate was, only to find out that it is not required on conversions, ie retofits. and only applys to built from scratch vehicles. She then gave up "trying to help" and gave me VTNZs direct email and left me to it...
They are now wanting "2nd stage manufacture decal" info, or low volume certification. I have harrassed the campervan supplier and fitter so much I am lothed to go back to them again. As far as i can understand these are not certftificates or plates that are used or required on EU vehicles...
What would be great woould be an EU based certifier for theNZ gov that can give the all clear prior to shipping. but no, this is not possible....
My main fear is shipping our lovely camper all the way to NZ only to be told "DOES NOT COMPLY" and we are unable to sell it without shipping it back to Europe.

Any tips stories advice would be greatly appreciated , (modified veicles / campervans specifically thanks}

PM
ThePineMarten is offline  
Old May 8th 2019, 6:32 am
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
escapedtonz's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Te Puna, Tauranga
Posts: 1,315
escapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond reputeescapedtonz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

A friend of mine imported an old 1979 VW Kombi camper nearly 2 years ago. I don't think he had too much trouble with that specific import ? although it did need some work to pass compliance - something to do with a front panel maybe.....can't remember ? He never had the work done and as of last week it was up for sale for $32000 ono as he decided he wasn't gonna get the use out of it even though it was his pride and joy.
He did have major issues with the import of a 2007 Mitsi Triton ute at the same time which cost him several thousand dollars in repair fees to get it through compliance..
escapedtonz is offline  
Old May 11th 2019, 8:01 am
  #3  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 11
ThePineMarten is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

Originally Posted by escapedtonz View Post
A friend of mine imported an old 1979 VW Kombi camper nearly 2 years ago. I don't think he had too much trouble with that specific import ? although it did need some work to pass compliance - something to do with a front panel maybe.....can't remember ? He never had the work done and as of last week it was up for sale for $32000 ono as he decided he wasn't gonna get the use out of it even though it was his pride and joy.
He did have major issues with the import of a 2007 Mitsi Triton ute at the same time which cost him several thousand dollars in repair fees to get it through compliance..

Thanks Escapedtonz, that is slightly reassuring.
I am still troubled by how basically unhelpful ViNZ and VTNZ are .. anyway, will keep trying, have now been passed on a list of LVVTA members to contact !
ThePineMarten is offline  
Old May 14th 2019, 1:15 am
  #4  
Forum Regular
 
Esme61's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: New Plymouth
Posts: 67
Esme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really niceEsme61 is just really nice
Default Re: Importing a VW Camper van into NZ from UK catch 22

We imported our T5 Combi van that we converted to a camper and fitted a remio roof so because of cutting the hole we needed a Low volume certificate before getting compliance done. We are in New Plymouth with only one certifier but between him and the AA we got it through by removing rear seat belts ( wasn’t crash tested bed) and new wheel studs as they have to turn a certain amount of turns and ours were ½ turn short - oh and replace one tyre due to tread pattern. AA did the compliance without any problems
Check this site out

https://www.lvvta.org.nz/

VTNZ were no help when I tried to get info from them
Esme61 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.